Controversy surrounding D’Souza, who spoke Thursday on what he sees as historical and present racism in the Democratic Party, has been ongoing since November.
The Stanford Israel Association (SIA) hosted an event celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut—or Israel Independence day—on Thursday at White Plaza.
A new poll shows a majority of Stanford undergraduates oppose divestment from certain companies doing business with Israel.
The kibbitz-means-chat email listserv has traditionally been at the heart of political debate within the Stanford Jewish community and often serves as a forum to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A month ago, on January 18, the chat list’s political tensions flared in the context of Stanford Birthright trips, leading to ongoing debate.
A coalition of student groups has launched a Syrian Refugee Awareness Week to educate the student body about the ongoing crisis and to collect assistance for Syrian refugees.
We are alarmed at the university administration’s blatant misconduct in this process, and we expect that Stanford will correct the situation immediately. We believe that the only reasonable remedy is an entirely new review for SJP’s divestment request, from which Weinstein should recuse herself.
We are here, hopefully, not just for the name of the university that will appear on our degrees, but to gain a more humanistic education, one that allows us to cultivate our trade crafts while becoming better and more fully rounded individuals. Recognizing that we’re not the only ones in existence is part of that.
We ought to participate in and work with what we already have, instead of trying to reinvent the wheel. If we want to change the campus culture around service, we as students, as individuals, need to take the initiative and engage more. We need to bury our egos, stop pointing our fingers at the university, and actually put in some effort ourselves.